Australian Ports Combat Heavily Polluting Ships
NSW Ports has announced that it is the first Australian port organization to introduce an environmental incentive to apply to vessel-related charges at its facilities.
Levied by NSW Ports at Port Botany and Port Kembla, the initiative will reward higher standards of environmental performance.
NSW Ports will develop the details of the program, with an aim to implement it by January 1, 2019, by consulting the relevant shipping lines.
The incentive is consistent with international approaches at 53 ports globally, including the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands; the Port of Los Angeles, USA; and the Port of New York and New Jersey, USA.
NSW Ports’ incentives apply to vessels registered with the Environmental Ship Index (ESI).
The ESI is a scoring system that gives a numerical representation of the environmental performance of seagoing ships regarding air pollutants.
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